Hope your mood is lifting somewhat. I have a friend who told me the story of her father who was diagnosed at age 70. He underwent radiation treatment. That was 28 years ago and he is still going strong and lives on his own.
The nurse at my doctor's office told me this week that her father was dignosed 15 years ago and is now age 70 and doing well. She did not indicate his treatment type.
A work associate has just completed five years with "non detectable" PSA after robotoic surgery. His urologist has said that he is effectively "cured" at age 66.
I seem to be meeting more people who have had this disease now that I am a patient myself or so it seems. Perhaps it is just that my awareness has been raised.
I think we all have some down days if we begin to dwell on our problems. I know, hard not to do so. Things will get better.
Best of the season to you.
PSA 21.5 (first and only test resulted from follow up visit to emergency room for kidney stone. first time for kidney stone too)
Gleason 4 + 3
DRE palpable tumor on left side
100% of 12 cores positive for PCa range 35% to 85%
Bone scan clear
Chest x ray clear
CT scan shows potential lymph node involvement in pelvic region
Started Casodex on May 2 and stopped on June 1, 2008
Lupron injection on May 15 and every four months for next two years
PSA test on July 14, 08 after 8 weeks hormone .82
Started IMRT/IGRT on July 10, 2008. 45 treatments scheduled
First 25 to be full pelvic for a total dose of 45 Gray to lymph nodes.
Last 20 to prostate only. Total dose to prostate 81 Gray.
Completed IMRT/IGRT 09/11/08.
Second Lupron shot 09/11/08
Next PSA test by oncologist 03/09